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Pulls no punches,
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This review is from: The Day After [DVD]  (DVD)
During the cold war from the 1950's to the late 1980's, a few seminal war movies with nuclear components were made. Some movies have stood the test of time, such as 'The War Game' and 'The Bedford Incident' from the early 1960's. Principally, i.m.h.o the best explanation why to make these movies its to educate the world of the sheer potential of full nuclear Armageddon.
* Two notable cold war movies
During the 1980's film - making, the Brits made a seminal movie on the prospect of war in 'Threads', and the Americans made 'The Day After'. When i saw both of these at this time they were originally broadcast, i thought that 'The Day After' was a pale imitation of 'Threads. After viewing these two movies recently on DVD, I now know how deeply mistaken this view proved to be. They are (i.m.h.o) as equally well - made technically and emotionally as each other. This viewing of 'the Day After' film has proved to me to be shattering encounter.
* Reflection of the movie
It starts with a common - and - garden characters of a typical soap. Then in contrast to its benign pleasantries, the war is initiated into few minutes of deeply effecting real footage of exploding nuclear weaponry. The suffering of the world as a whole is drawn in microcosm from what happens in and around one american city Kansas and its wider areas. And its aftermath in the sheer damaging consequences of lack of working utilities, food, safe shelter, too few medical staff and required medication. The special effects on the actors mostly concern too much radiation rather than horrific burns.
The film tales into a long decay in humans ability to recover mentally, and physically rebuild from this abysmal total destruction of many cities infrastructure. If the world has been made safer by watching the potential of unbridled nuclear war, then its time well spent.